This is a question that I've spent the last week pondering...
Let me go back to the beginning, Sue (from the Quince Tree) contacted me after I left a comment on the Non-Consumer Advocate blog. We both wanted to try the $4 per day per person Food Stamp Challenge but were grappling with similar issues...how to do it! I didn't want to lock the food cupboards & start from scratch but I was interested to know how little I could really live off...(The challenge would give me a daily budget of £4.99, £34.57 per week for us both together).
The answer should be simple, add up what you spend.
But what do you do when you've built up a cupboard and freezer full of food; when you've grown lots of fruit & veg & herbs; when you've always bought in bulk; when you collect windfalls; & when you have lovely neighbours and family who give/trade veggies from their allotments. How do you cost these items?
freeze pretty much everything too. Unlike Sue, I lacked the energy to list the contents of my cupboards!
I'm going to try to cost each meal as I go along. Please remember that I buy in bulk so this further reduces the costs.
My final dilemma is Mr TH...should I confess or just see how long it takes him to notice?